Scope and Content Note

This series contains records received by the Assembly Ways and Means Committee that pertain to public hearings held to discuss proposed state budgets from 1941 to 1947. The records include correspondence, hearing testimony, telegrams, lists of hearing speakers, and supplemental printed material. Individuals corresponding with the Committee or speaking at the hearings included representatives of educational and parent groups, labor unions, business associations, chambers of commerce, local governments, and civic and taxpayer groups. The records are grouped together in folders relating to individual hearings.

At least half of the material pertains to the need for increased state aid to education, especially in the areas of child care, kindergartens and teacher salaries. Other topics discussed in these records include the maintenance and improvement of the state's highways, tax reduction and economy in government, aid to localities, and increased salaries for state employees.